Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Domino Doubles Game

Practice your doubles addition facts with this fun math game for kids, Domino Doubles Game.

One of my 2nd grader's goals these first few months of school is to memorize her doubles addition facts. (Examples: 3+3=6 and 7+7=14) She's doing quite well, but we want to keep working on them so she knows them without hesitation. She brought home flash cards to practice with, but I didn't really want to use those. I don't want to make math boring! 

I created this simple domino math game that she could use to practice these facts. It's hands-on, fun, and so easy to set up.

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I'd seen many similar versions of domino math on Pinterest and at my daughters' school, but I've created this version to specifically target the doubles addition facts. You just need to print the game board on a piece of card stock and find all the doubles from your set of dominoes

I've uploaded the game board I created, so it's easy for you to set up this game. Please click here to print the game board. I printed on card stock for durability, but plain printer paper would work as well. 

To play the game, turn all your dominoes upside down. Have your child choose one and flip it over. They need to count only one side of the domino, such as 5. Then, they need to figure out the double addition fact, 5+5=10. Finally, put the domino on the correct spot on the board. Game play is very easy, but it's more hands-on and definitely more fun than flash cards. 

If you don't have any dominoes, don't worry, you can still play the game. Just cut 10 rectangles from paper and create paper versions of the dominoes you need. You can also find printable dominoes by Googling "printable dominoes." Either way would work just as good as regular dominoes

My daughter has been playing this math game almost every day after school and is having loads of fun learning her doubles math facts. Give it a try! It's much more fun than flash cards!

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